Jim Lambie

The Modern Institute

With his show “Metal Urbain,” Jim Lambie created a dense metal milieu. Pushing the nature of the material, the artist experimented with metal’s malleability as the core of his new work. The exhibition featured a wall-to-wall metal floor titled Metallica (all works 2010), a group of crushed suits of armor set in cast cement blocks atop metal plinths, and a series of metal paintings, each titled Metal Box. The floor was made of rectangular plates laid in a pattern formed by their varying sizes and finishes—matte aluminum, mirrored stainless steel, rusted steel, and patinated mild steel. The mirrored sections reflected fragments of the complex skylight above. Unlike Lambie’s trademark floors striped with brightly colored tape, Metallica appeared raw at first glance, almost haphazard, but in fact the floor was meticulously constructed to exactly fit the shape of the space, and the material of

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